Information for Foreign Residents
(November, 2020)


The Autumn leaves have arrived. It will get colder and colder from now on, so be sure to take care of your health. Rather than improving, there is a trend towards an increase in cases of Covid-19. With the flu season also here now, please take the usual precautions to lessen your chances of becoming ill.


Support measures related to the spread of Covid-19

Living Support for those recuperating or in quarantine at home

~Food shopping services etc.~

For those recuperating at home from Covid-19, and without relatives who are able to offer support, the city will do shopping for essential items such as food and medicine for you.

Eligible:  ①Those who have been instructed to recuperate or wait at home by the health authorities.

             ②Those who fulfil the criteria of ① and have difficulty in receiving support from relatives etc.

For more details, please contact the Citizen’s Advice Center (587-6063)



Local Products are being sold at the Yasu City Health and Sports Center!

Next to Yasu Clean Center, the Yasu Health and Sports Center was opened in July. There are a heated pool, a training gym, and bathing facilities at the center, as well as a shop selling special local products. Please do take a look.
Opening times: 10:00~20:00 (Except Tuesdays)



14th Nordic Walking Event

Won’t you join us on a Nordic walk to appreciate this beautiful season?

Time: 23rd November (9:30~12:30) *Cancelled in case of rain

Location: Omifuji Karyoku Park and Kibogaoka Cultural Park Walking Course

(Reception: 9:10am at the park’s botanical garden)

Eligible: Anyone, to a limit of 50 participants (children under elementary school age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)

Fee: 200 yen per person (this includes insurance)

*The walking poles can be borrowed free-of-charge

For more details, or to apply, please contact the Lifelong Sports and Learning Division by November 19th (587-6053)



Kansai Cultural Day
Entry to all museums in the region will be made free to all.

November 14th (Saturday) and 15th (Sunday)

Yasu City Bronze Bell Museum will be open on those days from 9:00~17:00 (last entry at 16:30)


Family Sports Day

Won’t you come and enjoy playing sports in the beautiful nature of Big Lake?

Time: November 14th (Saturday) 13:00~16:00 (Last entry at 15:50) *Cancelled in case of rain

Location: Soccer ground C Court (natural grass)

Fee: Free-of-charge (No pre-booking necessary)

Children under junior high school age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
All sports equipment can be borrowed free of charge.


Yasu Market will be held

An exhibition of Yasu City’s local products will be held. There will be booths for enjoying and experiencing the autumn season, as well as exhibition spaces, and much more. Shops that represent the charm of Yasu will be gathering for this event, so please do try and come.
Time: November 14th (Saturday) and 15th (Sunday) 10:00~17:00
Location: Al Plaza Yasu 1st Floor Centre Court

Fee: Free-of-charge (no pre-booking necessary)

For more details, please contact the Yasu City Tourism and Products Association


For more information or assistance with any the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (586-3106)

Information translated up to one year prior is displayed below. Please note that this information is out of date. 

Information for Foreign Residents,

October, 2020


The heat of summer has gone, and we can feel a fresh breeze once again. As the seasons change, please be especially careful of your physical condition. This coming season will bring influenza to the already spreading coronavirus, so let’s continue with our efforts to reduce virus transmission.


Support measures related to the spread of the novel coronavirus
A Special One-off Grant for Children will be Paid

Based on the drawn-out influence of coronavirus in our city, in order to support families raising children, this grant will be given. A notification will be sent to families who are eligible.
Amount of Grant: 10,000yen per each child.
For more information please contact the Family Support Division (TEL: 587-6884)


The incinerator at Yasu Clean Centre was forced to make an emergency stop

On 28th July, due to the large amount of metal materials mixed into the burnable waste, incinerator no.2 came to an emergency stop. To prevent a repeat of this kind of event, please be sure to separate your waste correctly.


Financial support for the influenza vaccination

In order to keep the spread of both Covid-19 and seasonal flu to a minimum, support for the payment of influenza vaccinations will be given.

​Eligible persons:

  1. Those who will take the flu vaccine for elderly people (this year the vaccination will cost only 500yen)

  2. Those who are pregnant (1000yen subsidy per person)

  3. Children at or below junior high school age

    0~12 (1000yen subsidy per injection; up to two injections)

    13~15 (1000yen subsidy per person; only for one injection)


A national test will be conducted for the transmission of information in the case of a disaster
This test will be carried out on October 7th at 11 a.m. In the case of an earthquake, tsunami or armed attack on the country, The J-Alert system will be used in order to disseminate information. To prepare for such an occurrence, this test will be conducted.


Yasu Environment Festival 2020

Time: November 1st (Sunday) 9 a.m.~noon

Location: Yasu Clean Centre

This event is aimed at all residents of Yasu City.

-Reusable goods free exchange (Expected goods: chests of drawers, furniture such as desks, bags, etc.)

Please apply to join between 10:00 and 10:30. The exchange will take place after this application time.

*There will be an explanation before the exchange so participants should gather before 10 o’clock.

- Free collection of small electrical goods and goods containing mercury (such as thermometers).

*Be aware that there are some goods not eligible for collection

- A panel exhibition and showing of the Clean Centre DVD.

- For waffles, drinks and special produce, please go to the Yasu Sports and Fitness Centre.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact YIFA (586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents

September, 2020


The record temperatures of last month are set to continue even into September. The typhoon season is also approaching, so on top of measures to prevent heatstroke and to slow the spread of covid-19, we must also prepare ourselves to deal with possible natural disasters.


The second wave...  Support measures related to the spread of covid-19

☆Living support for Yasu citizens☆

Special maintenance grant for newborn children (新生児特別定額給付金, shinseiji tokubetsu teigaku kyuufukin) (General Affairs Division: 587-6038)

Amount: 100,000 yen per person (for children born between 28/04/2020 and 28/02/2021)

Temporary special maintenance grant for children (児童臨時特別給付金, jidou rinji tokubetsu kyuufukin) (Parental Support Division: 587-6884)

This is financial support for households which contain children under the age of 18.

Amount: 10,000 yen per child (not including recipients of the child maintenance grant for June, 2020)

Living support for those exempt or paying reduced national insurance (国保税等減免連携型生活支援給付金, kokuhozeinado genmenrenkeigata seikatsu shien kyuufukin) (Living Support for City Residents Division: 587-6063)

This is financial support for people who have received a reduction or exemption of payment of national health insurance in the year 2020.
Amount: 30,000 yen per person.


Project to purchase ‘AI Drill’ learning materials for home study (School Education Division: 587-6017)

Project to help ES and JHS students to be able to use the heated pool (Sports Facilities Management Office: 587-3477)

Numbers distributed: ES, JHS/ two visits *parents of ES 1st~3rd grade students/ one visit at half price

Project for free school lunches during the summer season (School Lunch Centre: 586-1011)

Simple school lunches will be provided free-of-charge during the shortened summer holiday.



A national census will be undertaken for the year 2020

This census is aimed at all people residing in Japan, including foreign residents. Regardless of where your residency is registered, the survey will gather information as to where you actually live as of October 1st of this year.


Reopening of the General Sports Gym Training Room

Closed until the end of August, the training room will reopen on September 1st.


Regular: 400 yen   HS or JHS students: 200 yen     Elderly: 100 yen     Disabled: free

Regulations of use for first-time users

  1. Those who hold a permit: Please renew your card.

  2. New customers: After completing the user training (cost: 500 yen), we will issue your permit card.

For any queries: Sports Facilities Management Office (587-3477) http://yasu-bs/jp


The 17th Annual Yasu City Fine Art Exhibition

This event exhibits the creative works of the people of Yasu City. This exhibition is being held to allow for an appreciation of art and to help people deepen their engagement with culture. Please do take the chance to visit the exhibition.


September 5th (Saturday)~ September 13th (Sunday)   10 a.m.~4 p.m.


Yasu Small Cultural Theatre


Painting, Engraving, Crafts, Calligraphy, Photography

Entry Fee

free-of charge

For any queries: Continuing Education and Sports Division (587-6053)


For more details or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)


Information for Foreign Residents

August, 2020


The rainy season is over now and the heat of summer has arrived. The continuing increase in cases of Covid means we all need to wear masks, so please be extra careful not to get heatstroke in this hot season.


The Opening of the Yasu Health and Sports Center

Located next to the Yasu Clean Center, this facility newly opened on July 15th. The center contains a sports gym, a heated pool and bathing facilities. We hope you will use the center to maintain your physical and mental health.


Information Regarding the Sale of Yasu City Premium Goods Tickets

By using these premium goods tickets (premiamu tsuki shouhinken, プレミアム付商品券), you can purchase 5,000-yen’s worth of goods for a cost of 4,000 yen (up to a limit of five 4000-yen tickets per household). These tickets are both kind to your household finances, while also allowing us to support local businesses. A notification postcard (tsuuchi hagaki, 通知はがき) allowing the purchase of tickets will be sent to heads of households registered as residents of Yasu City in mid-August.

A Peace Panel Exhibition will be held

In August of 1945 nuclear bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please use this exhibition as a way of thinking again about the misery of war and the preciousness of peace.

Date: August 1st (Saturday) ~ August 16th (Sunday)10 a.m ~ 6 p.m

Location: Yasu Library, Main Gallery


Nationwide Test for the Transmission of News in the Case of a Disaster

This is a test of the J-Alert system, which allows for the transmission of urgent news in the case of a disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami, or armed attack. The next test will be run on August 5th (Wednesday) from around 11 a.m. Tests will be carried out using various means of transmission in Yasu and other regions.

As well as the test noted above, tests are also scheduled for the following dates:

Wednesday, October 7th (11 a.m~)

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 (11 a.m~)


Regarding the Disposal of Spray Cans

The method of disposal for spray cans does differ between districts, but in the city of Yasu, it is necessary to use up all the contents and make a hole in the side of the can.

  1. If you are releasing gas, please be sure to do so outside.

  2. If you are releasing gas, please be sure to use the specialist equipment.

  3. Dispose of spray cans on ‘empty can/ metals’ (akikan・kinzokurui, 空き缶・金属類) day

For more details on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents

July, 2020


The rainy season has arrived.

There has been an increase in the number of cases of Covid-19. Please continue your efforts to prevent the spread of infection.


Measures to support citizens during the period of Covid-19

National Programmes (Contact the General Affairs Division: 518-1650)

*Special Benefit

Amount of support: 100,000 yen per person

Application window: Until 19th August

Eligibility: Those registered as residents of Yasu City on the date of April 27th, 2020.

*Special Benefit for Families with children (Parental Support Division: 587-6884)

Amount of support: 10,000 yen per each child

Eligibility: Parents who received the child maintenance payment from April, 2020


City Programmes (Contact the City Residents Help Desk: 587-6063)

*Support for recipients of the child rearing allowance (jido fuyo teate, 児童扶養手当) or support for school-going children (shugaku enjohi, 就学援助費) (30,000 yen per household, plus 10,000 yen per each eligible child)

*Benefits accompanying the special welfare fund (seikatsu fukushi shikin tokurei kyuufu, 生活福祉資金特例給付) (30,000 yen per household)

*Support for the security of housing is available according to the amount of housing benefits received (up to 3 months)

*Support for university students (30,000 yen)


The Grand Opening of the Yasu City Health and Sports Centre


6th July (Monday)~13th July (Monday): Tours of the facility/ Procedures for new members

9th July (Thursday)~10th July (Friday): Pre-opening free invitations to the facility (2-group system)

Group 1 9:00~noon, Group 2 18:00~21:00

9th: Residents of Yasu, Shinohara, Hyouzu school districts

10th: Residents of Kitano, Giou, Mikami, Nakasato school districts

15th July (Wednesday): Grand Opening


You can now have an Original Commemorative Photograph taken at City Hall!

At the photo booth located at the entrance of the main building of the city hall, you can have an original commemorative photograph taken for 100 yen. Please do use this service for special occasions.


Prevention of Heatstroke Month

In summertime many people suffer from heatstroke. Every year across the country, around 50,000 people require support from the rescue services due to heatstroke.

Especially this year, as we follow precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we will enter summertime in an environment different to usual. Please take extra care to avoid heatstroke in these circumstances.

To prevent heatstroke

  1. Avoid the heat

  2. Remove your mask as appropriate

  3. Take plenty of fluids

  4. Regulate your health condition

  5. Maintain a strong physical condition to be able to deal with the heat

*Particular care is necessary for small children and the elderly.


From July 1st plastic carrier bags will incur a fee

Take this opportunity to review your lifestyle and take to using an eco-bag. Where possible, try to be mindful of your use of plastics.


For more details on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents

June, 2020


Avoid the three Cs (Closed spaces, Crowded places, Close-contact settings) and let’s prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Notice of the Cancellation of Large-Scale Events

The following annual events will be cancelled this year as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.​

12th Annual Yasumaru Hiroba festival (scheduled for June 7th)

Yasu Fireworks Contest (scheduled for July 11th)

Oktoberfest Yasu JAZZ UP! (scheduled for September 19th and 20th)

Notice of the Temporary Cancellation of Collection of Old Cloth (kofurui, 古布類)

Due to Covid-19, import restrictions have arisen among countries where Japanese recycled cloth is exported to. Due to this situation, such materials have built up domestically, and from this month, until circumstances change, old cloth (including towels etc.) will not be collected separately from household waste.


Routes of the Community Buses will be Expanded for Greater Convenience

As the Yasu City Health and Sports Center will open in July, community bus routes will be expanded and operating routes and timetables will be changed. At the end of June, leaflets will be sent to all homes and placed in public facilities. The information will also be published on the city homepage.

Yasu City Hospital will begin Dispatching Health Information

As measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have been undertaken, circumstances have made it difficult to visit different regions. However, on order to support everyone’s health management, Yasu Hospital is publishing information regularly in public newsletters and on the hospital homepage.

A Notice from Yasu City Health and Sports Center

Advance applications for ‘Swimming Members’ or ‘Fitness Members’ are being accepted.

Date: June 5th and 6th (10:00 a.m.~5:00p.m.)

Location: Yasu City Gym

Contact: Yasu City Health and Sports Center Preparation for Opening Office

Phone: 596-5964Homepage:

June is Prevention of Landslide Disasters Month

In the coming months the danger of landslides will increase due to rainy season and typhoons. Please prepare yourself adequately by finding out the dangerous areas and evacuation spots.

Used Cooking Oil is Collected on the Fourth Saturday of each Month

Next Collection Date: June 27th (10:00a.m.~p.m.)

Collection Location: The box located next to Yasu City Hall Annex

Items for Collection: Used cooking oil, milk cartons, aluminium cans

Contact: Environment Division (Phone: 587-6003)

Information for Foreign Residents
May, 2020

The warm feeling of Spring has arrived.

Regarding the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay
Following the postponement of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Torch Relay originally scheduled in Yasu for May 28th has also been postponed. 


Regarding the Citizen Card
Following the discontinuance of the automatic issue machines from September, 2019, the Citizen Card (市民カード, shimin card) has come to be known as the Inkan Registration Card (印鑑登録カード, inkan touroku card). From now on, if you or someone on your behalf brings that card to the Citizen’s Affairs Division at City Hall, you can receive your Certificate of Inkan Registration (印鑑登録証明書, inkan touroku shoumeisho).


Regarding the Free Collection of Small Electrical Items and Waste Containing Mercury
Date: May 17th (Sunday) 9 a.m.~midday
Location: Yasu Clean Centre
Eligibility: Residents of Yasu City
Items taken: Small electrical waste and waste containing mercury
Nb. TV sets and air-conditioner units are not accepted. Please erase all personal data beforehand.


May is Flood Prevention Month
In rainy season or with typhoons, the water level of local rivers can suddenly rise and lead to the submerging of roads. Take necessary precautions by checking the Yasu City Flood Hazard Map, knowing the location of evacuation sites and the methods of receiving disaster prevention information.


Regarding Events in May
Please be aware that, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, many group events and activities have been postponed or cancelled this month.


Information for Foreign Residents

April, 2020


The cherry blossom season has arrived. The year of 2020 will begin from April.


A Request to Prevent the Infection of the Novel Coronavirus​

- Washing hands is very important. On going out or returning home, before and after cooking, and before eating, be sure to wash hands thoroughly with soap, or an alcohol-based disinfectant.

-If you have a cough, please show the necessary etiquette.

- If you have symptoms of both a cough and high fever, stay home from work and avoid going outdoors.

*It is said that one infected person may infect many others. Take measures to avoid poorly ventilated places for events and such.

*If you have the following symptoms, don’t go to your regular medical clinic. Consult with the Returnee and Contact Person Centre (kikokusha・sesshokusha soudan sentaa, 帰国者・接触者相談センター)

- cold symptoms or a fever of over 37.5℃ that last for more than four days.

- Heavy fatigue or difficulty breathing

A fire occurred in a rubbish collection truck!

On February 7th, in the Hyozu ward, the loading section of a rubbish truck was set alight. The cause is thought to have been a discarded cigarette butt. When disposing of cigarettes, please be sure that they have been distinguished completely. Please always follow the rules of waste disposal correctly.


This year we will again hold the following events!

The Yasu Fireworks Display

Date: 11/07 (Saturday)

Place: Hasuike no Sato Multi-purpose Park

The Oktoberfest Jazz Festival

Date: 19/09 (Saturday) and 20/09 (Sunday)

Place: The south exit area of JR Yasu Station.


The Kusatsu River Park has become a no-smoking zone

From April 1st all areas of the park will become completely smoke free. Thank you for your cooperation.


Information for Foreign Residents

March, 2020


March 1st to March 7th is “Vaccination of Children Week”

Through building immunity to diseases vaccinations (予防接種, yobou sesshu) prevent onset and reduce the severity of symptoms.
Furthermore, vaccines are not only important for the immunity of individuals, but also help to prevent the spread of infection. Please consult with your regular doctor and vaccinate your child. It is necessary to reserve vaccinations in advance.
For more information about medical facilities in Yasu which give vaccinations please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106).

If your child has not had either of the following vaccinations, please check the target period and receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

➀MR (Measles/ Rubella) Vaccine  (Second Period)

Age group:        Children in the year prior to beginning elementary school (one injection)

Fee:                   Free before March 31st
➁Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine (First Period / Second Period)

Age group: First period/ 6 months old~7th birthday

Second period/ 9 years old~13th birthday (four injections in total)

Fee: Free before March 31st.

Information for Foreign Residents
February, 2020



Declaration of city prefectural tax and tax return

- If you are bound to declare your city prefectural tax (shiken minzei, 市県民税) or your income tax is to be returned to you, please declare your taxes within the period 17/02-16/03.

- The city tax division will hold consultations at community centres throughout the declaration period.

- Consultations will not be held at the reception of the tax division, but completed applications will be taken.

If you have to submit a declaration, or if you require more information about dates and locations of consultations, please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106).


Currently accepting applications for city-managed housing

Number of homes: 8 (Scheduled moving-in date at end of April)

Application Period: 03/02 (Monday)~14/02 (Friday) 8:30 a.m~17:00 (Not including weekends)

Applications: Housing Division (TEL587-6322)

For more information about the housing or the application criteria, please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)



Information regarding applications for the 2020 support fund for school-going children

For families of children having difficulty attending elementary or junior high schools due to financial difficulty, there is a system in place to pay for part of schools supplies or lunch.

Application procedure: Application forms can be found at schools or the School Education Division of the city hall. Complete them and submit them with any necessary documents at the school your child attends (or will attend) by March 13th (Friday). (The deadline for children entering elementary school this year is April 13th).
Inquiries: School Education Division (TEL: 587-6017, FAX: 587-3835)
If you need any help with the application, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)

Financial support for hospital treatment of elementary and junior high school students

To lessen the burden of high costs of hospital treatment of elementary and junior high school students, a subsidy will be given.

Amount of subsidy: The subsidy will cover treatment covered by insurance to the amount paid out of pocket. It will exclude large expenses or supplementary benefits.

Method of subsidy: The system is to reimburse the fee paid at a medical institution at a later date.

Application procedure: You can apply from the day following the payment of your contribution to the treatment up to within five years of that date. Please apply at the Health and Pension Division at the city hall. You must bring the receipt (showing the name of who received the treatment and the amount of medical treatment), your inkan stamp, the health insurance card, a document which has your bank account information, notification of the decision to pay high-cost medical expenses (kougaku iryouhi shikyuu kettei tuuchisho, 高額療養費支給決定通知書) (those who have received payment from the national health insurance system), notification of the decision to pay additional benefits (fukakyuufukin shikyuu kettei tsuuchisho, 附加給付金支給決定通知書) (those who have received payment from a health insurance organisation).

For any help with the application procedure, please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)


Payment of child maintenance

The February payment (covering the period October 2019-January 2020) is scheduled to be paid on February 14th (Friday).

Information for Foreign Residents
January, 2020


Information Regarding the Dates of Tax Return Consultations  

It is almost time to file tax returns, and everybody must correctly calculate their income

and tax payments for the past year by themselves.

In order to file your return correctly, please start the process early.

At various facilities across the city, the tax division will be holding consultations between

February 16th (Monday) and March 16th (Monday). Further information regarding the

locations and dates will be published in the February issue of Koho Yasu.


Information about the National Health Insurance System for Financial Support of Health Examinations

If you take the ningen dokku (人間ドック) or nou dokku (脳ドック) health examinations for prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, you can have a part of the fee reimbursed.
For more details or any help with the procedure, please contact YIFA (TEL586-3106).


Information Regarding the Payment of the Child Maintenance Grant

The January period (covering November-December 2019) for the child maintenance grant will be paid on January 10th.


Information Regarding Support Fund for Single-Parent Families with School-Going Children

Among children who are graduating junior high school in March of 2020, or children who are entering elementary school or junior high school in April 2020, a support fund is paid to single-parent families who meet certain conditions.

Application Window: January 15th (Wed)~March 13th (Friday) 8:30 a.m~5:15 p.m (not including weekends or national holidays)

Amount: (per each child)         Entering Elementary School: 5,000 yen
                                                        Entering Junior High School: 10,000 yen
                                                        Graduating Junior High School: 15,000 yen
For details regarding conditions, where to apply, or documents needed for application, please contact YIFA (TEL586-3106).


Payment of School Supplies for Children Entering School

There is financial support for school supplies for children of families living in Yasu who will enter school this year, and whose family is deemed to have trouble preparing for the start of the school year due to financial difficulties. Payment for the necessary school supplies will be made in March, before the school year starts.

Please apply to the School Education Division (TEL587-6017, FAX587-3835) by February 14th (Friday). Necessary documents for application are as follows:

- inkan stamp

- a document which shows your bank account details

- in the case that you are exempt from paying tax or pension, evidence to this effect.

- in the case that you are renting accommodation, evidence showing the cost of your rent.

For any more information, or help with making the application, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL586-3106).

Information for Foreign Residents

December, 2019

Nationwide Test for Information Transmission by the Disaster Prevention Alert System

At times of earthquakes, tsunami, or armed attacks, alerts are sent nationwide through the J ALERT system. A test broadcast will be enacted on December 4th from around 11 a.m.

Following a chime, you will hear “This is a J-Alert test” (kore wa J-Alert no tesuto desu, これは、Jアラートのテストです) spoken in Japanese three times. You will then hear “This is Disaster Prevention Yasu” (kochira wa bousai Yasushi desu, こちらは防災野洲市です) followed by a final chime.


Information Regarding the System of Financial Support for Schoolgoers

 Aimed at households residing in Yasu city which have a child attending elementary school or junior high school, there is a system in place to offer assistance towards the payment of school supplies or lunch to those deemed to be in financial difficulty.

Application Procedure: The forms are available at all schools or at the School Education Division at the city hall. Please fill out the form and submit it directly to the school. For your application you will need your inkan stamp and a document containing your bank account information.

* Recipients will gain the financial assistance in the month following their application.


Applications for Kodomo no Ie Childcare Facilities for the year 2020

If you wish for your child to use one of these facilities from April, or at some point during the academic year (e.g. during the summer vacation), it is necessary to apply. People wishing to continue to use the service must also apply.
Application Period: December 12th (Thursday)~December 14th (Saturday) 9 a.m.~6.30 p.m (14th until 5 p.m.)
Where to Apply: 1st Floor Conference Room, Yasu City Hall Annex
Application Forms: Forms are placed at citywide kodomo no ie facilities, the 1st floor lobby of the North Government Building (hokubu goudou chousha, 北部合同庁舎), the Children’s Division at the city hall, and the Yasu City Social Welfare Cooperative.


Please Give your Mercury-Containing Waste to the Recycle Post Collection

Mercury is highly volatile, and can be poisonous to the nervous systems of living things.

Please dispose of all rubbish which contains mercury (e.g. thermometers, blood-pressure meters, light bulbs, button-batteries) at the Recycle Post Collections (kaishuu risaukuru posuto, 回収リサイクルポスト) located in the various school districts.
Locations of Recycle Post Collections
Yasu: City Hall Main Building

Kitano: Community Centre Kitano

Mikami: Community Centre Mikami

Giou: Community Centre Giou

Shinohara: Community Centre Shinohara

Nakasato: North Government Building (hokubu goudou chousha, 北部合同庁舎)

Chuuzu: Community Centre Chuuzu

*Requests Regarding Disposal

Please don’t dispose of broken items to the Recycle Post

Please be sure to insulate button batteries by sticking tape onto them

Please discuss first at a shop with regard to disposing of rechargeable batteries.

Information for Foreign Residents

November, 2019


Information Regarding the Child Support Allowance (児童扶養手当, jidou fuyou teate)

Following revisions to the Child Support Allowance Law, payments will change from the current three times a year (every four months), to six times per year (every two months). From November the allowance will be paid on every odd calendar month.

The first payment following the change is scheduled for November 11th (Monday), where the payment will cover the three-month period covering August-October.Following this, payments will be made in January, March, May, July, September and November. These payments will cover the two-month period up to the preceding month.



We are carrying out a simultaneous clean-up campaign

To maintain the beauty of our local environment, a clean-up campaign will be carried out simultaneously throughout the prefecture.

Date:    November 17th (Sunday)  Yasu / Kitano / Mikami / Hyouzu

              November 24th (Sunday)  Giou / Shinohara / Nakasato

In the case of inclement weather, the date will be moved to December 1st (Sunday)       


End-of-Year Donation Distribution

Yasu City Social Welfare Association run this programme to support households which need support.

Those targeted:

- Single-parent families (including families who are supporting grandparents where one parent is absent)

For households with no regular income which include children younger than eighteen.

- Elderly households (including elderly residents living alone)

For households of residents older than seventy-five depending solely on national pension.

- Households of disabled residents

Households with no regular income where one member requires care and cannot work due to their disability.

- Households which receive care due to disease

Households with no regular income where one member requires care and cannot work due to long-term disease.

Application Procedure: Please consult with the child support officer at your local residents’ committee by November 18th (Monday). The child support officers in the various districts will apply directly to the social welfare association.

Information for Foreign Residents

October, 2019


Premium Goods Tickets currently on sale

Following the increase of consumption tax to 10%, to offer relief to low-income households, or households raising children, the city is currently selling Premium Goods Tickets (プレミアム付商品券、premium tsuki shouhinken).

To those who meet the conditions, information has already been sent as of early September. If you believe that you meet the criteria but have not received information, please contact us. (Please note that households with children born between 01/08/2019 and 30/09/2019 will receive information at the end of October).

Period of Ticket Sale: 01/10/2019 (Tues)~28/02/2020 (Fri)

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (Excluding national holidays and New Year)

Focussed Saturday Sales on 19/10 and 07/12, 10am-4pm

Location of Ticket Sale: Yasu City Hall Main Building 1st Floor, Conference Room 1.

☆ For more information on criteria for purchase, limits on purchase, period of use, stores where the tickets can be used, or any other questions you may have, please contact YIFA (☎586-3106).


Applications for entry to nursery schools (youchien/ hoikuen) for the year 2020

For children to enter a hoikuen nursery:

Application Period: 15/10 (Tues) ~ 21/10 (Mon) 9am-5pm (Excluding Sundays, Saturdays until 4pm)

Where to Apply: Yasu City Hall Annex 1st Floor, Conference Room

Application Forms: Available at the various hoikuen and kodomoen nurseries, the Children’s Division, or the Citizen Service Centre.

For details regarding criteria for application, numbers accepted by each nursery school etc, please contact YIFA (電話586-3106)

For children to enter a youchien nursery:

Age range: 3-year-old children ~ 5-year-old children

Application period: 15/10 (Tues) ~ 21/10 (Mon) 2:30pm-5pm (Excluding Saturdays and Sundays)

Where to Apply: The youchien or kodomoen nursery to which you wish to send your child.

Application Forms: Available at the various youchien and kodomoen nurseries, the Children’s Division, or the Citizen Service Centre.

nb. It is not possible to apply for both youchien and hoikuen simultaneously.

☆ For any help with making an application, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (☎586-3106)

Applications for entry to kodomo no ie childcare facilities for the year 2020

It is necessary to apply beforehand if you wish your child to enter a kodomo no ie facility

in April of 2020.

Application Period:        First 06/11 (Thur) ~ 09/11 (Sat)

                                          Second 12/12 (Thur) ~ 14/12 (Sat)

                                          9am-6:30pm (09/11 and 14/12 until 5pm)

Where to Apply: Yasu City Hall Annex 1st Floor, Conference Room

Application Forms: Available from 03/10 (Thur) at the various kodomo no ie facilities, the

Yasu City Social Welfare Council (野洲市社会福祉協議会, yasushi shakaifukushi

kyougikai), The Children’s Division, or the 1st floor lobby of the North Government

Building (北部合同庁舎, hokubu goudou chousha)

Guidance Meeting for Entry: Held on 27/10 (Sun) from 10am at Community Centre

Hyouzu Main Hall.

☆ For any help with making an application, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (☎586-3106)


Payment of Child Allowance (児童手当, jidou teate)

The October Period payment (for June to September) is scheduled to be paid on October

11th (Friday).


Regular Vaccinations for Elderly Residents

  1. Influenza Vaccination

Vaccination Period: October 1st ~ December 31st

Targeted:          ① Residents of Yasu City over the age of 65.

              ② Those aged between 60 and 65 who are limited in their daily life due to specific diseases.

Vaccination Fee: 1500 yen.


  1. Pneumococcal Infection Vaccination

Vaccination Period: Until 31/03/2020

Targeted:          ① Residents of Yasu City who turned 65, 70, 75 80, 85, 90, 95 or any age over 100 within the year 2019.

                        ② Those aged between 60 and 65 who are limited in their daily life due to specific diseases.

Number of vaccinations: 1

Vaccination fee: 2500 yen

What to Bring: Guidance Postcard (案内はがき, annai hagaki), Health Insurance Card or Elderly Healthcare Card.

Applications: Please apply directly by telephone to the medical facility.
☆ If you would like any help with making your application, please contact YIFA (☎ 586-3106).

nb. Households which receive care, or tax-exempt households can receive the vaccinations free of charge by carrying out a procedure at the Health Promotion Division two weeks before taking their vaccination.

Information for Foreign Residents

September, 2019


On September 30th the automatic issue machines will be discontinued

You will not be able to use the automatic issue machines currently in use from September 30th (Monday). From now on please bring your ‘My Number’ card to a convenience store where you can have documents such as your certificate of residence (住民表、juuminhyou) or inkan registration certificate (印鑑証明書, inkan shoumeisho) issued conveniently and cheaply.
For information on the application procedure for issuing your ‘My Number’ Card, please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)


Applications for entry to Youchien and Hoikuen Nursery Schools for the year 2020

For Hoikuen Nurseries

Application Window: 15/10 (Tue) ~ 21/10(Mon) 9 a.m-5 p.m (Not including Sundays, Saturdays will be open until 4 p.m.)

Where to Apply: Yasu City Hall Annex, First Floor Conference Room

Application Materials: From September 24th (Tue) application materials will be available at the Citizen Service Centre, The Children’s Division, and at various nursery schools.

For Youchien Nurseries

Application Window: 15/10 (Tue) ~ 21/10(Mon) 2:30 p.m-5 p.m (Not including weekends)

Where to Apply: At the nursery that you wish for your child to enter.
Application Materials: From September 24th (Tue) application materials will be available at the Citizen Service Centre, The Children’s Division, and at various nursery schools.

For any information regarding application, please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)


From October 1st a System for Free Education and Nursery Care of Children will begin

For children at Hoikuen Nurseries, Youchien Nurseries or Recognised Kodomoen Nurseries:

Nursery Fees will be free for children in 3-5 year old classes, or for 0-2 year old children of households not paying municipal tax (市民税, shiminzei) (Parents will still be expected to cover costs for transportation, food and events)
For children at Non-Recognised Nursery Facilities, Extended-hours Childcare Facilities, Not-Yet Officially Authorised Youchien Nurseries:
Up to 37,000 yen for children in 3-5-year-old classes. Up to 42.000 yen for children in 0-2-year-old classes who are in households not paying municipal tax.
For more information on this system, please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)

From October 1st the Fees for Water and Sewage Services will be changed

Based on upcoming alterations to the ratio of consumption tax, the consumption tax in the water and sewage fees (上下水道料金, jouka suidou ryoukin) will be changed from 8% to 10%.


Information Regarding the Health Check-up for Children Entering Schools (就学時健康診断, shuugakuji kenkou shindan)

A Health Check-up is being carried out for children who will be entering elementary school in April 2020.  

Content of Check-up:
1. General Examination
2. Dental Examination
3. Eyesight and Hearing Examination (For children who are not receiving such examinations at their nursery schools).
For more detailed information including dates, location and what to bring, please contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
August, 2019


From October 1st 2019 infant education and nursery fees (幼児教育・保育料, youji kyouiku・hoikuryou) will be free
Applicable Parties:

☆All children using nursery facilities (youchien or hoikuen) within Yasu city. (Transportation, food and event fees will continue to be paid by parents)

  • All children who are receiving ‘custody child care’ (預かり保育, azukari hoiku). (It is necessary to receive ‘authorization of necessity of nursing care’ (保育の必要性の認定, hoiku no hitsuyousei no nintei) from the city).
    ☆All children using unauthorized childcare facilities (許可外保育施設, kyokagai hoiku shisetsu)


Information regarding the child allowance (児童手当, jidou teate)
The city will examine the income of those who have submitted the ‘current circumstances notification’ (現状届, genjou todoke).

Based on the outcome of this, your status as a recipient or the monthly amount you receive may change. If this is the case, you will be sent a notification (通知書, tsuuchisho) by post.
If no changes apply to you, nothing will be sent. Please check the transfer amount written on the payment notification (支払通知書, shiharai tsuuchihyou) that will be sent before the payment of the October installment.
If you haven’t yet submitted the ‘current circumstances notification’, you cannot receive the child allowance, so please submit it as a matter of urgency.
If you require any support, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)


Short-term support for childcare

There is special nursery care available at a childcare facility contracted to Yasu City. This care is available for parents who are having temporary trouble in looking after their children due to reasons such as work, illness, fatigue, or anxiety.
Short Stay Support
Period of Use: Within seven (consecutive) days. However, if deemed necessary by the city, this time period can be extended within the range of the smallest limit.
Twilight Support
Period of Use: 5 p.m to 10 p.m on weekdays (In the case of staying overnight, the period of use is until 9 a.m the following day)
9 a.m to 5 p.m on vacation days.
This support is aimed at children aged from 1 and a half years old to 18 years old. The facility which carries out the support is the Hikari Welfare Corporation Moriyama (福祉法人ひかり会の守山学園, fukushihoujin hikarikai no moriyama gakuen). (Address: Moriyama City, Kasaharacho 1257-1, TEL: 582-2887)
For any more information regarding whether you meet requirements for such support, the fees for use, where to apply, or any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106).


Information for single-parent families
Payment of Child Support for Dependents (児童扶養手当, jidoufuyou teate)

The August Period Payment (covering April-July) will be paid on August 9th.
Notifications are necessary in the case of the marriage (or common-law marriage) of a recipient, or a change in income during the year of either the recipient or payee of child support.
The procedure for the ‘present status report of child support for dependents’ (児童扶養手当現況届, jidoufuyou teate genkyou todoke)
Submission period: 01/08 (Thu) ~ 30/08 (Fri)  (excluding weekends/ national holidays)
Reception Times: 8:30 a.m ~ 5:15 p.m
Vacation Reception: 25/08 (Sun) 8:30 a.m ~ 5:15 p.m
Evening Reception: 26/08 (Mon) ~ 30/08 (Fri) (until 7:30 p.m)

We will notify relevant parties, so please bring the necessary documents to the Parental Support Division (子育て家庭支援課, kosodate katei shienka).
If you require any support please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)


Information regarding the school support system (就学援助制度, shuugaku enjo seido)
There is a system in place to help with part of the payment of school supplies or school lunch. This support is for households of children who are at elementary or junior high school and are deemed to be struggling to go to school due to economic issues.
If your application is granted, the financial support will be given from the following month.
Application procedure: Application forms can be found at schools or the School Education Division (学校教育課, gakkou kyouikuka). Please fill out the relevant sections and apply directly to your child’s school (your inkan stamp and bank details will be necessary).
If you require any support, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL: 586-3106)

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